Jimi Manuwa called for a boxing match with his countrymen David Haye earlier this month, and the boxer’s reporting some preliminary talks have occurred as a result…
Manuwa made the call out after he took out Corey Anderson at UFC FN 107, and at the time, most fans likely responded with a quick ‘never happen’. Well, Haye responded to fan questions recently on social media, and here’s what he had to say, when he was asked about Manuwa’s proposal (quote via ESPN):
“I was very impressed with his quick knock out the other night at the O2 Arena. If any of the mixed martial artists can convert over to be a successful boxer he has definitely got the body shape and style to do so.
“Yeah we have heard from Manuwa’s management and UFC so it is something that we are looking at at the moment. Obviously it is a little way off being confirmed. But it is a fight that would unify a lot of the fans from both UFC and boxing and make a mega event.”
Manuwa proposed that the bout go down on the long rumored Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather led card, which is yet to be finalized. Haye is coming off a TKO loss to Tony Bellew earlier this month, in a fight where he injured his Achilles tendon.